Messy Advent at Ravenmeol's Community Centre
On Sunday 18th November, Messy Church Formby celebrated the season of advent - a time of waiting for the arrival of Christmas, the coming of Jesus to earth when he was born as a baby at Bethlehem about two thousand years ago.
During the season of Advent, Christians across the world prepare for the celebration of the arrival of the Lord into the world through the birth of his Son Jesus Christ. Advent is a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness. It is also a time to look forward to when Jesus will come a second time.
Activities - Advent Candles
'The world was in darkness, and nobody knew,
The way to the Father as you and I do.
They needed a light to show them away,
So the great light shoe on Christmas day.
An Advent candle is a candle marked with the days of December up to Christmas Eve. It is typically used in a household rather than a church setting: each day in December the candle is burnt down a little more, to the mark for the day, to show the passing of the days leading up to Christmas. We made our own advent candles to take home. It does not strictly mark the days of Advent, which typically begins on the last Sunday in November,
The donkey is a symbol of Advent because Mary rode on a Donkey on her journey to Bethlehem. Also horses were used in wars and Advent is NOT a preparation for war. Instead, it is the preparation for the coming of Christ.
We made our own donkeys and decorated them with wool.
Prior to and throughout Advent angels are involved in the announcement of Mary’s pregnancy, the assurance received by Joseph regarding that pregnancy, the birth of our Lord, and the protection of the young child.
We made glitter angels by drawing an angel with glue and then adding glitter to it.
The wreath is made of a circle of evergreen branches laid flat to symbolize eternal life. Four candles ( 3 purple and one pink) stand in the circle and each one represents one of the four Sundays of Advent. In the centre of the circle is a fifth candle (traditionally white), the Christ Candle, which is lit on Christmas Day.
God's people -The Candle of Hope.
Hope is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at the light of this candle we celebrate the hope we have in Jesus Christ.
The old testament prophets - The Candle of Peace
Peace is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the peace we find in Jesus Christ.
John the Baptist - The Candle of Love
Love is like a candle shining in a dark place. As we look at the light of this candle we celebrate the love we have in Christ.
Mary the mother of Jesus - The Candle of Joy (Pink)
Joy is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the joy we find in Jesus Christ.
The fifth candle represents the birth of Christ. The flame of this candle remind us that He is the light of the world and that if we follow Him, we will never walk in darkness, but will have the true light of life.
We made our own wreaths using paint and sponges - very messy but great fun.
We covered biscuits with jam and icing and them decorated them with Christmas symbols: a star; a cross, holly etc and then we ate them. Yum Yum.
We coloured pictures relating to advent and the Christmas story whilst we talked about what advent and Christmas means to us.
After an hour of activities, we began our time of celebration and worship. Irene talked about Christmas and alll the preparations we make for the celebration of the birth of Christ. There was plenty of singing and dancing and we ended with a time of prayer
After the worship, we tucked in to a hot dog tea followed by an assortment of delicious cakes! During the supper we were able to enjoy a special time of fellowship which included birthday celebrations and lots of chat.
If you would like to join us at Messy church, then the next one is at Regate School on Sunday 16th December when we will be having a Messy Christmas. Why not come and join the fun.